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Woman charged with murder in overdose death

Posted May 7, 2008

— A Fuquay-Varina woman has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge in the overdose death of a teenager two years ago, authorities said.

Tamitha Gilchrist, 42, of 641 Angier Road, is charged in the April 7, 2006, death of Taylor Jacob Klein. The body of the 18-year-old Fuquay-Varina resident was found in a ditch near the intersection of Sweet Springs Road and Cass Holt Road in southern Wake County.

Wake County investigators initially ruled Klein's death an accidental overdose. It wasn't clear Wednesday what evidence led authorities to indict Gilchrist, but Deputy Wake County District Attorney Howard Cummings said it was unusual to charge someone with murder in an overdose death.

Gilchrist, who also goes by the name Tamitha Denise Hicks, was charged last month with trafficking heroin and distributing methadone as part of a lengthy investigation into drug dealing in Fuquay-Varina.


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  • Kelbad1 May 7, 2008

    Just to add a comment..I don't know any drug dealers but...if you are a drug user who may use whilst in a drug dealers home and you happen to appear to be od'ing chances are they will take you away from that residence and dump you somewhere so that they themsleves will get in no trouble. Do you really think if you are a drug addict and od in that dealers home they would call the ambulance for you? They look out for themselves in any way possible. That is just the way it goes. They keep themselves out of trouble. They could care less about you. They just care about your money. So sorry for the victims family. I wish them well after this terrible event in their lives.

  • anonemoose May 7, 2008

    She has 2 separate DOC id numbers, One shows her as being an absconder, which means that she should have pulled in long ago if they were investigating her.

    DOC/ Community Corrections was whining about nat having access to AOC records and they can't even keep their own straight.

  • Adelinthe May 7, 2008

    They're just piling it on to get her off the streets. Not an entirely bad idea, but if the kid pushed his own plunger, or whatever, can't see how this will stick.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • gto77 May 7, 2008

    This sounds kinda crazy...waiting on more info.......